Tuesday, March 26, 2013

More to Illinois than meets the eye

Visitors to Illinois will find the state offers big-city attractions, world-class historical sites and a healthy dose of American history. From Chicago, the hub of the Midwest, to the state capital of Springfield and beyond, Illinois has it all. But Illinois is more than just the well known skyscrapers of Chicago. Take a bus, charter bus, coach bus, party bus, mini bus, passenger coach or school bus chartered from Bus Charter Illinois and travel through the state in style and comfort as you go on a journey to discover some of the lesser known attractions in the state.
Wrigley Field in Chicago, the home field of the Cubs, is America's second-oldest Major League Baseball park, and easily accessible by charter bus. The field was built in 1914 and has hosted historical baseball moments, such as Babe Ruth's called shot. The shot occurred during the 1932 World Series when Ruth allegedly pointed to center field before hitting a homerun into the same area. Today, charter bus visitors can either catch a game at the field or take a guided tour. Tours typically include visits to the clubhouses, dugouts and press box. Charter bus visitors sometimes get to walk on the field, depending on team training schedules and field maintenance.
While you’re in the Windy City in your charter bus, visit the Art Institute of Chicago. This museum ranks as the nation's second largest and holds works by Edward Hopper, Grant Wood and Georges Seurat. Besides its permanent collection, charter bus visitors can explore rotating exhibitions. Past examples include a display of early French Renaissance art and artifacts from the Silk Road. The museum opens for charter bus visitors seven days each week and offers free family days twice a month.
Springfield, located in central Illinois, features several historical attractions for charter bus visitors interested in learning about Abraham Lincoln. The Old State Capitol Plaza allows charter bus visitors to tour a reconstructed version of a statehouse that served as the state's political center from 1839 to 1876. Lincoln worked in the building while serving in the state House of Representatives. Guided tours are available. Also in Springfield, charter bus visitors in Illinois should visit the Lincoln Tomb at Oak Ridge Cemetery. The tomb holds Lincoln, his wife and three of their sons. The site stands 117 feet tall and consists of rooms decorated in bronze-trimmed marble.
Take your charter bus and pay a visit to the Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site, which features the remains of a large, prehistoric settlement. It is recognized by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization as a World Heritage Site. The site spans 2,200 acres outside of Collinsville, near the Illinois/Missouri border. The Mississippian people who inhabited the site built homes, as well as religious and public works structures. Charter bus visitors can take guided tours of the still-intact structures, and the grounds also feature an interpretive center where charter bus visitors can learn more about the site.
Make your visit to Illinois a memorable one by letting Bus Charter Illinois help you plan your trip with a selection from their fleet of charter buses and friendly, personalized service.

Interesting Illinois

Illinois is a well-known Midwestern tourist destination for charter bus visitors. The best of seeing Illinois is with a bus, coach bus, party bus, mini bus, passenger coach or school bus chartered from Bus Charter Illinois. Tour Illinois in style and comfort in your charter bus as you visit some of the states most popular cities, including Chicago, Naperville/Aurora, Rockford and Springfield. While visiting these cities in your charter bus, you and your charter bus group can visit world-famous museums, enjoy top-quality theater and musical performances, participate in a variety of outdoor and sports activities, explore American history and try unique foods that come from Illinois.
Chicago is a favorite charter bus destination for visitors of all ages. During the summer months, visitors are able to swim, sun, boat, bike or fish at the city's 24 beaches on Lake Michigan. Many of Chicago’s world famous museum are close to the shore, such as the Museum of Science and History, the Shedd Aquarium and the Adler Planetarium. Charter bus visitors who love shopping will love strolling along the Magnificent Mile, with its 460 stores. You can also enjoy authentic Chicago deep dish pizza at Gino’s East of Chicago, or the Billy Goat’s Tavern’s famous cheeseburgers.
A short charter bus ride to the west of Chicago are the cities of naperville and Aurora. Naperville is home to the DuPage Children’s Museum, and the Naper Settlement, a living history museum that shows an authentic late 19th century village. Charter bus visitors will also enjoy walking along Naperville's picturesque Riverwalk or swimming at Centennial Beach, a converted limestone quarry. Aurora boasts of some bargain shopping at Chicago Premium Outlets, where 120 factory outlet stores offer their goods for sale at bargain prices. A local favorite since 1951 is the Oberweis Dairy, where you can have one of their delicious ice creams, or catch a meal and performance at America’s Roundhouse, a converted locomotive structure that’s been converted into an entertainment complex.
Rockford, Illinois is the third largest city in the state, but what it lacks in size it makes up for in big city attractions. Charter bus visitors in Illinois should head to the Burpee Museum of Natural history, and meet Jane the T-Rex and Homer the Triceratops. For a relaxing evening, cruise down the Rock River on the Forest City Queen Riverboat, or listen to a free concert at the outdoor Sinnissippi Music Shell. The Midway Village Museum is an authentic recreation of a Victorian village, and worth the visit to find out why Rockford is called the "Home of the Sock Monkey".
For an in-depth look at one of America’s most famous presidents, stop your charter bus at Springfield, Illinois. Illinois' capital city also is known as Abraham Lincoln's hometown. Charter bus visitors can tour Lincoln's home, his first law offices and his tomb, or step into realistic life-sized dioramas of Lincoln's life at the Lincoln Library and Museum. Not to be missed is lunch at Maldaner’s, which serves Springfield’s signature dish, the Horseshoe Sandwich, an open-faced ham sandwich with a side of fries smothered in a special cheese sauce.
For a great time touring Illinois interesting cities, give Bus Charter Illinois a call to find out how they can help you plan your trip with a selection from their fleet of well equipped charter buses and friendly, personalized service.